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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 14, 2014 11:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the need for schitck

Sammy Davis had more schtick than Sinatra and Martin put together! ( this is a five-minute video from 1969 )

John Hartford had the most bluegrass schtick! ( Hartford's schtick appears in this 1980 video from 35:40 to 41:30 )

regarding Grateful Dead's schtick - I'm taking it with me to my grave ---
What are "The Dead Community's hippie roots"? This was discussed and explained in 1967 by Jer, Phil, Bobby and Ramrod in the hippie temptation. It is a 7-minute "mockumentary" news package by Harry Reasoner for CBS News.
Harry Reasoner's opening narration: The aggressive determination of hippies to start a new society has made its mark upon San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Part of the neighborhood is occupied by ordinary people bewildered by what's going on. Part of it is occupied by a growing population of hippies. There are a lot of for sale signs in Haight-Ashbury. There are a lot more houses being occupied by hippies. The hippies are capable of extremely hard work, even though they tend to approach work as the rest of us do sport. Some of them are very successful. This is the house of a popular local band which plays hard rock music. They call themselves The Grateful Dead. They live together comfortably in what could be called affluence. There are many other similar houses or apartments in Haight-Ashbury maintained by hippies who work in places where employers do not mind bizarre dress or long hair. Their concept of a new style of life unites them. That concept is in most cases drawn from the drug experience. The Grateful Dead themselves acknowledge they have used LSD. Warren Wallace asked them what they thought the Hippie Movement was trying to accomplish.

Jerry Garcia: What we're thinking about is a peaceful planet. We're not thinking of anything else. We're not thinking about any kind of power. We're not thinking about any of those kinds of struggles. We're not thinking about revolution or war or any of that. That's not what we want. Nobody wants to get hurt. Nobody wants to hurt anybody. We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life and think about moving the whole human race ahead a step.

Warren Wallace: Do you think your hip movement is connected up with drugs?

Jerry Garcia: Drugs are a large part of the framework.

Phil Lesh: I think that most of the people that are hippies now came to it through drugs.

Ramrod: Yeah, but it's not a dope movement. We're not trying to spead dope.

Phil Lesh: I think that personally, the more people that turn on, the better world it's gonna be.

Ramrod: Most of us have given up the psychedelic drugs. We've learned something from them. Now we're playing around with that knowledge.

Warren Wallace: What have you learned?

Bob Weir: You can point out the example that the people that live in the community and play around with dope and stuff like that - they don't have wars, you know. And they don't have a lot of the problems that a lot of society has.

Phil Lesh: In essence, the scene has grown up with us, and we have grown up with the scene. We've all grown up together. We feel more like children than ever.

Jerry Garcia: We know what we're trying to do. We're trying to grow up.

Harry Reasoner's closing narration [with my comments in brackets] while GD plays Dancin' In The Streets at a free concert: Most of these people are young. [I was fifteen years old in 1967.] Most of them come from middle class homes. [My dad graduated from Harvard, in their ROTC program. He flew planes for the U.S. Army over Africa during WWII taking photographs.] On the average they are well educated or could be if they wanted to. [Me and both my brothers are well educated.] But they do not want that or much else in our civilization, except on their own terms. In many ways their terms have the glitter and the attraction of the bright, the bold and the noisy. But it appears to be style without content. [Read my electronics story for American hippie-History.]

They object to the ills which beset society: war, social hatreds, money-grubbing, spiritual waste. [Here is the true Iraq War story for American History.] But their remedy is to withdraw into private satisfactions. [Not True! We had teach-ins, community awareness, organizing against this shit, and I am still reporting about all this today.] When one thinks of the problems of our day which cry for attack and imagination and youthful energy, this seems like the greatest waste of all. [Bull Shit! We had our Occupy Wall Street Movement, and it was crushed by the establishment!] The movement appears to be growing. Use of drugs appears to be spreading. There is the real danger that more and more young people may follow the call to "Turn On. Tune In. Drop Out." [This means much less fodder for the Vietnam War, Iraq Wars, Afghan War, African Wars, Pakistan War, Yemen War. This also means Jerry had more time, interest, empathy and enthusiasm for our mother Earth.]

Well, there are the hippies. [Hey, I resemble that!] They make you uncomfortable because there is obviously something wrong with the world they never made if it leads them to these grotesqueries. But granting the falls of society, you can say three things about them. They at their best are trying for a kind of group sainthood. And saints running in groups are likely to be ludicrous. They depend upon hallucination for their philosophy. [CBS makes its living by brainwashing, churning out propaganda, and controlling our public airwaves.] This is not a new idea and it has never worked. And finally, they offer a spurious attraction of the young, a corruption of the idea of innocence. Nothing in the world is as appealing as real innocence. But it is by definition a quality of childhood. People who can grow beards and make love are supposed to move from innocence to wisdom. This is Harry Reasoner [for CBS News.]

[The president of CBS, Les Moonves, was reported by "Bloomberg" to have said "Super PACs may be bad for America, but they're … good for CBS." I mean, there it is. CBS chief Leslie Moonves received $69.9 million in compensation in 2011, $57.7 million in 2010, and $43.2 million in 2009.]